To celebrate the first day of spring, Finley asked to bake muffins for the birds with a recipe from our Cooking for the Birds book.
Once the treats were decorated with peanut butter piping, raisins, cranberries, sunflower seeds, and a carrot candle with a pumpkin seed flame, we headed for Lester Park to share our treats with our feathered friends. We placed the basket on the passenger seat floor for safe keeping while driving.
As we got out of the car, Finley said with sudden panic in her voice, “Don’t forget my famous muffins!”
And that is how they became famous.
I had imagined us strolling along the Amity Creek path, spacing out the treat placement as we enjoyed a long hike. Instead, Finley placed all of them within 50 feet of our parking spot.
We then waited quietly for the hungry flock of birds we envisioned would soon arrive.
Alas, the only creature we attracted was a really happy red squirrel.
If you’re interested in making Finley’s Famous Bird Muffins, we adapted the “Happy Bird-day Cake” recipe from Cooking for the Birds (by Adele Porter) since we didn’t have suet and other ingredients on hand. We mixed together coarsely ground oatmeal (1 c), cornmeal (1/4 c), baking powder (1/2 t), Nyjer seed (1 T…or 3 or 4 if you are a generous baker like Finley), an egg, warm water (1/2 c) and peanut butter (2 T). We greased a muffin tin instead of using paper liners so everything was edible. Baked at 350 degrees for 20 or so minutes . Made 6. One for our backyard friends and five for the birds (and squirrels) of the park.
How do you attract and feed birds? Share your tips in the comment box below. Thanks!